WIMBLEDON has stepped up its battle against internet touts by trying to make the resale of tickets for the tennis championships that start today a criminal offence. The Government is considering new laws that would make it illegal to resell tickets won in the tournament’s public ballot....The spokesman said: “We spend huge amounts of time and money to ensure that Wimbledon tickets originally go to the people who genuinely wish to attend the event themselves. We would welcome any legislation that helps to facilitate this process.” (The Times)
Of course I am naive but I thought selling tickets in an auction was an ideal way of making sure the tickets went to someone who wanted to go - what is it about ticket touts that annoys people so much? I fail to see the difference between a ticket I have bought and no longer want and any other item I have which I want to sell on. just that ingrained hatred of the free market I suppose..